The Times newspaper has hailed Tony Ball as "one of the best After-Dinner speakers in Britain". Noted for his wit and humour, he's the winner of the coveted Benedictine Award as 'Business Speaker of the Year' and is acknowledged internationally as one of Britain's most successful motivators and marketers.
Tony started his working life as an apprentice on the shop floor of the Austin Motor Company and rose to become its youngest ever Sales Director. He's the man who actually launched the legendary MINI in the swinging 60's. Tony's highly successful career includes the practical experience as Chief Executive of major international companies covering the entire spectrum of industry and commerce, with work for Ford, Mercedes Benz, General Motors and Board appointments for leading insurance, advertising, retailing and production companies worldwide.
As Chairman and MD of British Leyland Europe, as well as World Sales Chief of BL, Rover, MG and Jaguar Cars, Tony was involved in resolving the massive industrial relations problems and the restructuring of the Motor Industry in a cauldron of change. He has masterminded the launch of a host of new models for leading car manufacturers, an achievement for which he was honoured with the Fellowship of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the City and Guilds of London.
Noted for his irrepressible humour as well as his profound practical experience of marketing and management at the highest levels, Tony's speeches are always forward thinking and tailor-made individually to suit each different occasion. He always leaves his audience highly entertained as well as enlightened and motivated.
As an acknowledged master of producing major international events, Tony's accomplishments include devising and staging the hugely successful Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Rugby World Cup at the new Millennium Stadium Cardiff, as well as the Cricket World Cup and the brilliant European Cup Ceremonies at Wembley Stadium for the Football Association.
Tony is a Freeman of the City of London, a Lords Taverner and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for his remarkable lifestyle achievements, as well as being honoured with the MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding services to industry.
And as an aside... even after such a distinguished career, friends say that Tony's real claim to fame is that he is the father of Britain's internationally famous musical and recording star Michael Ball.
The top after dinner speaker in the country.
Tony Ball... One of the best after dinner speakers in Britain.
Hard hitting, hilarious and hugely enjoyable - an outstanding key note speech.
Tony Ball is uniquely gifted. His wit and wisdom are inspirational. His great sense of humour is highly enjoyable - and his comic timing is masterly.